DEAR NEW FARM:
I am a dairy farmer and I read something somewhere—perhaps
by an Amish author—about feeding coal dust to cows to
raise the percentage of butterfat. Do you know anything about
We ran you question by Hue Karreman, one of the wisest vets
around with training in organic, conventional and Biodynamic
health for dairy. He works extensively with Amish farmers.
Here’s what Hue had to say:
“I haven't heard of this
before. The charcoal makes sense simply to clear out toxins
in the gut. Maybe coal dust does this as well and hence
the increased butterfat? I'm not too familiar with coal
dust in general, as I'm not from the coal mining region
of Pennsylvania. If I'm not mistaken, though, aren't there
some heavy metal issues with it?”
We also suggest the Odairy
listserve as a great place to go to share stories with
and ask questions of other milk producers and skilled veterinarians
who practice natural medicine consistent with NOP standards.
Even if you aren’t organic, there’s a wealth of
How about it New Farm readers, any information about coal
dust to pass along to Ed? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we’ll see that he gets it.
us with comments, suggestions and questions.